Other Skin Growths You Should Know About:
Two common types of skin growths are moles and keratoses.
Moles are clusters of heavily pigmented skin cells that are either flat or raised above the skin surface. Most moles pose no danger, but there are some – particularly large moles present at birth, or those with mottled colors and poorly defined borders – that may develop into malignant melanoma. Moles are frequently removed for cosmetic reasons, or because they’re constantly irritated by clothing or jewelry (which can sometimes cause pre-cancerous changes).
Solar or actinic keratoses are rough, brown or red scaly patches on the skin. Usually, these are found on areas exposed to the sun, and can sometimes develop into squamous cell cancer.